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Even with funding, Metra’s still raising the fares

Metra is moving forward with plans to increase fares by 10% on February 1, doomsday funding or no doomsday funding. However, the planned increases for 2009 and 2010 – previously expected to be 10% each time – may no longer be needed if the state money comes through.

My first reaction to this increase is “ouch!” 10% is a significant hike. Just ask the guy who receives a 10% pay raise, or is slammed by a 10% tax increase, if he notices the difference in his wallet. 10% is large enough to cause a person to change how they spend their money.

Gas prices have increased more than that over the past year, and therefore Metra’s expenses have also increased. I understand that. The unfortunate reality is that prices go up, rarely down, over time. However, 10% is enough to send me back to the spreadsheets and figure out if Metra is still going to save me money.

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